I like the new frame, and I like the color choices, especially the white. As a matter of fact, I had my old SIR9 frame custom powdercoated white. Here's a photo.
I like the handling, and have no desire for a slacker geometry. I do notice some wiggle in the frame and some flex in the rear end at times, so the rear axle and tapered head tube are probably worthwhile improvements.
However, I won't be upgrading to a new SIR9 frame anytime soon. While the improvements are probably worthwhile, I just can't justify the cost right now. What I might do is build up a geared 650b steel hardtail with parts I have and convert my SIR9 back to singlespeed.
Probably. When the marketing department tells them it's time.
Originally Posted by 6thElement
Still won't make a measurable difference, but this market seems to welcome planned obsolescence with open-arms.
This new frame is the only reason i would by a niner frame. Its white. All my carbon parts will fit. 853. Post mount brake, steeper HA than i have, EBB, short HT for lower bar height than I have, shorter WB, 1-1/8 or tapered, down tube cable routing, 17inch ST with long TT and my hub is convertible to 142x12, all for $1000 or less.
2011 Kona unit with some carbon.
so, maybe i feel different than a lot of the post is see here...but i have had 12x142 rear hubs and tapered forks on a handful of my bikes for the past couple of years. maybe i love bike porn and tech too much and since i have the engineer mindset...i do gravitate to better technologies when they become available. and...maybe i just lucked out and my main purchasing was around the time of the tech shift? i get it though, not everyone has $ or wants to spend the $ every year when something new comes out. but heck, it's going to happen. every company is going to throw their eggs in a basket and gravitate to the latest and greatest thing. i don't think they owe us anything for owning an old frame except taking care of us is it breaks prematurely and such. companies expand and want to grow, and if they didn't change designs and standards on bikes and components, they would not continue to be in business.
ok, enough of my soapbox...just my 2 cents...
that being said. as i do not want a typical run of the mill aluminum hardtail frame, (i would just buy a giant (used to own didn't like) or other "lifetime" warranty brand) and have already had carbon and scandium frames, have a 142x12 stans/hope wheelset ready to roll...is this my next hardtail?
i have never had a steel bike before, and all i have been doing is reading up on the current technology and ride quality of the modern steel frames. i think i want this bike.
That the Jet was updated after the first year supports my comments.
Originally Posted by JeffS
The timing of the release tells me that Niner made the decision to release 142 before their first frames were even on the market.
Originally Posted by Mayor69PRS
Steel is Real
Looks like a +1 for the new sir9 hehe
Originally Posted by AaronJobe
Originally Posted by Mayor69PRS
4.6lbs for a medium. 0.1lbs greater than the old version.
Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
Niner doesn't owe you, or any other "OG" owners a single cent.
Originally Posted by FireSpitter